What are the Different Types of Vitamins forDiabetics? Nutritionists and the medical community appearto agree that consumption of whole foods â€” served as balanced meals and snacks â€” provide allof the nutrients the diabetic needs. There are exceptions to this rule, and pregnantwomen, diabetics on a lowcalorie diet, and vegans might consider an intake of extra vitamins. Vitamins for diabetics are also helpful forthose with food allergies, kidney disease, some elderly individuals, and people whosegastrointestinal system fails to absorb the proper level of essential nutrients.
It is thought that vitamin D supplements mightpossibly help a diabetic better control his blood sugar levels. This is not astonishing news, as vitamin Dis relatively uncommonfood; nondiabetics are also urged to increase vitamin D intake. Diabetics and nondiabetics can both feelsafe taking a vitamin D supplement of 800 to 1,000 International Units (IU) per day. Vitamin C, might be physically disadvantageousfor diabetic women. It can be taken, but the maximum daily dosageshould not exceed 300 mg per day, Vitamin
B6 should never be taken by a diabetic individual,due to its effect on blood sugar levels. The verdict is till out on vitamin E, as wellas on mineral supplements such as chromium and magnesium. Research concerning vitamins for diabeticsis sometimes contradictory, but the general consensus is that supplements are not requiredexceptpatients with special dietary needs or specific medical conditions. Safe vitamins for diabetics are consideredthose takenvery small doses; the amounts should not exceed 150 percent of the recommendeddaily allowance.
Further, supplements containing iron shouldbe avoided by men and postmenopausal women. A single daily multivitamin or mineral supplementis likely the safest route for a diabetic who wishes to integrate a supplement intohis treatment and health maintenance plan.
Hi, this is Silvester and I'm goingto talk to you about another one of the supplements that we useour patients who have diabeticneuropathy and that's called alpha lipoic acid. Alpha lipoic acid has been used for20 years, treating a lot of different conditions: HIV, sciatica, cancer, liver problems, hepatitis,strokes, vascular disease, diabetes, aracts, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis. Also, it'sbeen usedpatients who have Alzheimer's, to try to help them somewhat. It's not completelyeffectiveany of those things it's a supplement and used as an adjunctive treatmentfor all of those things. It also plays an important rolenerve metabolism, becausewhat alpha lipoic acid does, is it works in
a thing called the Krebs Cycleyour cell.What the Krebs Cycle is is it's the cycle that generates most of the energy that a cellneeds. If you think of it like a gas tanka car,alpha lipoid acid supports putting fuelthat gas tank. The energy requirements incells varies a lot on the type of the cell. Your skin cells don't require very muchenergy, muscle cells require some, tendons require very little because they just sitthere, but nerve cells are always using energy. They're the most nerve sensitive cell inyour body. By taking alpha lipoid acid and supporting that fuel tank, you can actuallyincrease your nerve's ability to function
normally and to heal. The other thing thatalpha lipoid acid does is after you take enough that your Krebs Cycle is full, it then becomesan antioxidant. If you do some research on oxidative stress, we think that plays a significantrolea lot of different disease processes including neuropathy. Alpha lipoic acid isa supplement that we use quite frequentlyour patients with diabetic neuropathy,and what we tell them is that they've got to be a little bit careful, because alphalipoic acid can lower your blood sugar. It's a benefit if you have a little trouble withyour blood sugar, it's probably not a benefit if you're under good control. Also, it cancause a little problem with your thyroid.
Levothyroxine can go down and also you probablyshouldn't take it if you're having chemotherapy or radiation therapy because it helps cellsheal, and the treatment you're undergoing to try to get rid of those problems, the reasonyou're going to go on chemotherapy or radiation therapy is to kill cells, and so you probablydon't want to take alpha lipoic acid if you're getting those.Alpha lipoic acid has been shown to be pretty effectivehelping patients with neuropathy.Thanks for listening!.